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BYU Alums in the NFL: Week 16 Recap

Among BYU alums, there was a rushing touchdown and a double-digit tackle performance in the NFL this past weekend.

NFL: Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints

Although Hill is no longer the starting quarterback with Drew Brees’ return, he is still quite involved in the offense. During the shootout with the Vikings on Christmas Day, Hill completed both of his passing attempts for eight yards, ran the ball five times for 18 total yards along with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to truly put the game out of reach. He also caught a pass for 19 yards. He has now set a career high with 509 total yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns to go along with 928 passing yards and four scores through the air. Hill will likely be featured in the offense in the playoffs as he has been in past runs with the Saints.

Michael Davis, CB, Los Angeles Chargers

Davis is having a career year with the Chargers. After being undrafted out of BYU after the 2016 college football season, Davis signed with the Chargers and worked his way up. Now he has set career highs in games started, interceptions, passes defensed, and total tackles. In a defensive struggle with the Broncos on Sunday, Davis racked up nine total tackles including five solo takedowns and added a pass defensed against Broncos quarterback Drew Lock. Davis has become a staple in L.A.’s secondary.

Fred Warner, LB, San Francisco 49ers

Although the 49ers’ season is headed down the drain, that has not stopped Warner from turning in the best season of his solid, young career. He was named to his first Pro Bowl this year and is also making a strong case to be First-Team All-Pro. Against the Cardinals on Saturday, Warner had one of his best games all season. In the upset win over Arizona, Warner garnered 14 total tackles, a season-high, along with three passes defensed and a forced fumble. On the season, he has 115 tackles and has been one of the best players on the entire 49ers squad.

Kyle Van Noy, LB, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins and Raiders played a thriller in Las Vegas on Saturday. Miami is in the heat of the playoff race and is fighting for a good seed come January. Van Noy was all over the field trying to stop Las Vegas’ offense. He ended the night with six tackles including a key tackle inside his 10 yard-line to prevent a Raiders touchdown that helped Miami be able to win the game on a field goal on the next drive.

Daniel Sorensen, S, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have locked up the number one seed in the AFC and are looking to make another deep playoff run. Sorensen and the KC defense stifled the Atlanta Falcons, holding them to just 14 points. Sorensen flew around the field and collected seven tackles, all of which were solo. He currently sits at 91 tackles on the year, a new career high, and may get to 100 with a big season finale this weekend.

Sione Takitaki, LB, Cleveland Browns

The Browns are still fighting for their playoff lives and lost an inexplicable game to the dreadful Jets. Takitaki is still a vital part of Cleveland’s defense and collected seven total tackles in the crushing loss, putting his season total at a career high 65 tackles.